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Charmaine, Lorraine go international
- Updated: November 13, 2009
FITA, the International Archery Federation has announced that Charmaine Ho and Lorraine van der Westhuizen have been accredited as FITA International Judge Candidates.
The announcement that is warmly welcomed by the National Archery Federation follows their participation in the 2009 Judges Seminar held in Wiesbaden, Germany in October, where both women sat for the international examination.
To qualify as an International Archery Judge, the candidate must have served at least two years as a provincial judge, three years as a national judge and another three years as a Continental Judge. During that time they must have judged both national and world ranking tournaments, adding to their learning experience.
According to Barbara Manning, secretary general of the South African National Archery Association (SANAA), ÔÇ£Much of the hard work has paid off.┬á Once the judges had indicated their willingness to volunteer their services further, arrangements were made for them to write the Continental Judges Examination in Rome two years back. Here they excelled, achieving higher than the 80% pass rate markÔÇØ.
ÔÇ£Having two women International Judges from South Africa gives us greater involvement in the international sporting community.┬á Their expertise will now be used to guide and mentor other judges who work with them on the archery rangeÔÇØ, she added.
The accreditation as FITA International Judges Candidate is valid for the 2009-2013 period.
Ms S├®verine Freymond of World Archery, who congratulated them on their achievement and wished them success in their new tasks, delivered news of their achievements.
Both International Judges will be officiating at the upcoming World Ranking Olympic Youth Qualifier, Continental Championships and 60th SA National Archery Championships to be held at the High Performance Centre, Tshwane (Pretoria) between 24-27 April 2010.